was a film dramatising the events surrounding the Omagh bombing
and its aftermath, co-produced by Irish
state broadcaster RTÉ
network Channel 4
, and directed by Pete Travis
. It was first shown on television in both countries in June, 2004.
Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan (Paul Kelly) was killed in the bombing, is played by Gerard McSorley
, originally from Omagh. Out of respect for the residents of Omagh, it was filmed on location in Navan
, County Meath
in the Republic of Ireland.
The film ends with the Julie Miller
song Broken Things
, which was performed by local singer Juliet Turner
at the memorial for the victims of the Omagh bombing.
Rotten Tomatoes reported that 88% of critics gave the film positive reviews, with an average score of 7.2/10, however this is based upon a sample of only 8 reviews. Critics particularly noted the gritty realism and powerful acting in the film. In his review, Scott Foundas of 'Variety magazine
' said that it "serves as a companion piece to writer-producer Paul Greengrass' superb 2001 pic "Bloody Sunday
," but emerges as a startlingly powerful achievement in its own right".
The film won a number of awards. Most notably it won the 2005 BAFTA TV Award
for 'Best Single Drama'. It also won a 'Discovery Award' at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival
. At the Irish Film and Television Awards
, the film won the awards for 'Best Irish Film' and 'Best Actor (Gerard McSorley)', and was... Read More